Triton baseball was a bit of an enigma this season. The team was extremely talented and had great pitching, but it was also inconsistent and would play flawless baseball against a good team one day before making a bunch of errors against a bad team the next.
The team hovered a couple of games under .500 for most of the season, but after shutting out Masconomet and Pentucket in back-to-back games toward the end of the year, it appeared as though the Vikings might have had a chance to pull off an improbable late-season comeback and reach the tournament.
The comeback never materialized, and the Vikings wound up missing the tournament to finish 7-13. With Monday’s season-ending loss to North Reading, the high school baseball careers of six Triton seniors came to an end, but for team captain Billy Mical, the journey may just be getting started.
Mical will be attending Merrimack College in the fall, and once the spring comes around, he intends to join the school’s baseball program as a team manager. He has also expressed an interest in coaching at the high school level during and after college. I f he ever needs a reference, he’ll get a glowing one from Triton coach Ryan McCarthy, who described him as essentially a player/coach on the field and one of the best captains he could have asked for.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Mical discusses his interest in coaching, his experience playing baseball at Triton and what his plans are for the future.
This season obviously didn’t go the way you’d hoped. What do you think went wrong and what could you have done differently?
“I think we kind of relied on other teams to make mistakes a lot and went out there thinking about how they were going to beat us, and not how we were going to beat them. It made it a lot easier for teams to put us away early and keep us out of games, because once we got down we tended to stay down. Looking back, it would have been nicer if we’d been more positive.”